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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene denied encouraging violence on January 6 as she took the stand Friday in a Georgia courtroom for an administrative hearing for the case to have her thrown off the ballot. 

‘I was asking people to come for a peaceful march, which everyone is entitled to do under their First Amendment,’ Greene said in the Atlanta courtroom, with political ally Rep. Matt Gaetz seated in the audience. ‘But I was not asking them to actively engage in violence or any type of action.’

A handful of Greene’s constituents have sued to prevent her re-election, alleging her participation in assisting the January 6 Capitol attack, which they say violated the 14th Amendment. 

She testified that she hadn’t heard of any threats of violence in the run-up to the large pro-Trump demonstration that turned into the MAGA riot.  

‘The only violence I’d ever seen was Antifa and BLM riots and I’ve been to so many Trump rallies – have never once seen violence out of Trump people. I don’t recall any talk of violence,’ Greene said. 

One of the lawyers for the Georgia voters, Andrew Celli, asked Greene about previous statements and social media postings the congresswoman made about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, including that she was guilty of treason and that a ‘a bullet to the head would be quicker’ to remove the California Democrat. 

Celli was trying to knock down Greene’s testimony that she would ‘never mean anything for violence.’ 

‘I don’t support violence of any kind. And I’ve said it over and over again. So I I’m telling you,’ Greene said Friday.  

On the stand, Greene denied specifically making those statements. 

‘I’m not answering that question – speculation. No I haven’t said that,’ Greene answered when Celli asked her whether she thought, ‘Speaker Pelosi is a traitor to the country, right?’ 

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene denied encouraging violence on January 6 as she took the stand Friday in a Georgia courtroom for an administrative hearing for the case to have her thrown off the ballot

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene denied encouraging violence on January 6 as she took the stand Friday in a Georgia courtroom for an administrative hearing for the case to have her thrown off the ballot

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene denied encouraging violence on January 6 as she took the stand Friday in a Georgia courtroom for an administrative hearing for the case to have her thrown off the ballot

Judge Charles Beaudrot speaks to participants in the courtroom at the Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hearing on Friday in Atlanta

Judge Charles Beaudrot speaks to participants in the courtroom at the Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hearing on Friday in Atlanta

Judge Charles Beaudrot speaks to participants in the courtroom at the Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hearing on Friday in Atlanta 

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene sits in an Atlanta courtroom Friday for a hearing about a lawsuit filed by Georgia voters saying she should be disqualified from appearing on the November ballot due to her alleged involvement in the January 6 Capitol attack

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene sits in an Atlanta courtroom Friday for a hearing about a lawsuit filed by Georgia voters saying she should be disqualified from appearing on the November ballot due to her alleged involvement in the January 6 Capitol attack

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene sits in an Atlanta courtroom Friday for a hearing about a lawsuit filed by Georgia voters saying she should be disqualified from appearing on the November ballot due to her alleged involvement in the January 6 Capitol attack 

Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz appears in the audience at Friday's Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hearing. Gaetz is one of her top allies on Capitol Hill

Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz appears in the audience at Friday's Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hearing. Gaetz is one of her top allies on Capitol Hill

Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz appears in the audience at Friday’s Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hearing. Gaetz is one of her top allies on Capitol Hill 

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene arrives at a court hearing in Atlanta Friday

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene arrives at a court hearing in Atlanta Friday

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene arrives at a court hearing in Atlanta Friday 

Supporters of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene applaud the Georgia Republican during Friday's hearing in Atlanta

Supporters of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene applaud the Georgia Republican during Friday's hearing in Atlanta

Supporters of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene applaud the Georgia Republican during Friday’s hearing in Atlanta

 Greene then revised her answer. 

‘Oh no wait. Hold on now, I believe by not upholding – by not securing the border that that violates her oath of office,’ the lawmaker said. 

Celli asked Greene, specifically, if she used the words ‘traitor to the country’ about Pelosi. And asked her if ‘it’s a crime punishable by death is what treason is. Nancy Pelosi is guilty of treason.’

‘This is what I was telling you – she doesn’t uphold our laws,’ Greene answered. 

‘It’s a simple yes or no question – did you say those words?’ the lawyer asked. 

Greene answered that ‘according to the CNN article I did,’ but throughout the hearing she argued that the news network had ‘lied’ about her record. 

‘I don’t recall saying all of this. But I do recall having said this – I totally disagree with the border issues,’ she said.   

Celli asked Greene if she ‘advocated the use of physical violence’ against people she disagreed with politically. 

‘I don’t think so. I don’t know how to answer that,’ Greene replied. 

The lawyer brought up a like from Greene’s Facebook account on a post that said ‘a bullet to the head of Nancy Pelosi would be a quicker way to remove her as speaker of the House than impeachment.’

It was among the expressions of support on social media that got Greene pushed from her committee assignments by Democrats early in her Congressional tenure. 

Under oath, Greene responded, ‘testifying, I have no idea who liked that comment.’

‘I am telling you I do not know,’ Greene added, when Celli floated, ‘it could have been you, right?’  

Celli then pointed out that Pelosi was one of the lawmakers targeted by the MAGA mob during the January 6 attack. 

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene looks at a print-out handed to her of a video she filmed several years ago about protesting in Washington, D.C. during a court hearing in Atlanta on Friday

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene looks at a print-out handed to her of a video she filmed several years ago about protesting in Washington, D.C. during a court hearing in Atlanta on Friday

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene looks at a print-out handed to her of a video she filmed several years ago about protesting in Washington, D.C. during a court hearing in Atlanta on Friday 

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's attorney James Bopp sits during the Friday court hearing in Atlanta

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's attorney James Bopp sits during the Friday court hearing in Atlanta

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s attorney James Bopp sits during the Friday court hearing in Atlanta 

The legal complaint charges that Greene ‘voluntarily aided and engaged in an insurrection to obstruct the peaceful transfer of presidential power, disqualifying her from serving as a Member of Congress.’ 

The legal filing points to section three of the 14th Amendment that says no Member of Congress, who has taken the oath of office, ‘shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion’ against the United States. 

During his opening statement, Greene’s attorney James Bopp Jr. laid out a number of defenses, including that Greene sent out tweets during the attack asking the MAGA mob not to get violent and that she was ‘scared and confused.’

‘And that is not how someone who planned the attack would react,’ Bopp said.

The Constitution’s definition of engagement is broad in that an individual merely has to voluntarily ‘assist’ the insurrection. 

Celli showed a number of Greene’s tweets to the courtroom that encouraged Trump supporters to come to Washington on January 6. 

She pointed out that she ‘had no knowledge of any attempt’ to interfere with the process of counting Electoral College votes. 

Greene answered ‘no, that’s not accurate’ when asked if she wished that Congress not certify now President Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election – but affirmed that she still believed in the so-called big lie, that former President Donald Trump lost the election to widespread voter fraud. 

‘Well, yes, we saw a tremendous amount of voter fraud,’ the Georgia lawmaker said. 

She added that her husband went to his polling place and was told that he had already voted absentee, which she said he hadn’t.

Throughout the Friday hearing, Bopp objected to Celli’s line of questioning, while Judge Charles Beaudrot grumbled over the voters’ attorneys calling of a law professor to give a history lesson. 

On Thursday, Trump came to Greene’s defense

‘The Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, and Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, perhaps in collusion with the Radical Left Democrats, have allowed a horrible thing to happen to a very popular Republican, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene,’ the ex-president said, misplacing the blame on two political enemies – Kemp and Raffensperger – who have nothing to do with the case. 

Source: dailymail

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